The Fighting Games Of 2016
As a big fighting game fan myself, I’ve definitely got my eye on what this year holds for fighting games. 2015 was a decent year for both the competitive fighting scene, as well as casual fan enjoyment, with entries such as Mortal Kombat X and BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend. Many also enjoyed the tons of hours they got on the Street Fighter V beta. This year, 2016, we’ve got even more awesome fighting games to look forward to, so let me tell you about some of them!
Street Fighter V (PS4, PC)
Likely the most anticipated game on this list, the next major entry in the Street Fighter franchise tries to mix things up even more with the new ‘V skill’ and ‘V trigger’ mechanics, shared across all characters but each with unique properties. SFV brings back some fan favorites from the Alpha series such as R Mika and Karin, whilst introducing some interesting newcomers like Laura and Necalli. Competitive players can’t wait to get their hands on it, and the $500k prize pot at Capcom Cup this year is sure to incentivize more high level play.
Tekken 7: Fated Retribution (PS4, Xbox One)
After enjoying an excellent Japanese arcade tournament circuit, Tekken 7 will finally be hitting consoles this year, with the subheading ‘Fated Retribution’. Surprisingly, Street Fighter’s Akuma will be joining the cast, giving people impressions of the Tekken x Street Fighter game which never saw the light of day. Tekken 7 brings back old favorites, introduces a couple newcomers, and for the first time adds Super-like moves to your character’s arsenal. The supreme 3D fighter is coming back in a big way.
King of Fighters XIV (PS4)
While its preview trailers left a sour taste in people’s mouths, fans are just happy that there even is a KOFXIV to speak of. The next entry in this team battle 2D brawler steps back into the 2.5D space, for the first time since the ‘Maximum Impact’ series. This entry boasts a whopping 50+ character roster, and will include rarely seen characters such as Angel and Chang. With some cleaning up done to the presentation, and more relevant info given to players, KOFXIV will hopefully not disappoint after the amazing previous game, KOFXIII.
Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator (PS4, PS3)
The first expansion to Guilty Gear Xrd (after GGXrd -Sign-), Revelator is bringing back Johnny, Jam, and adding the new character ‘Jack O’. You’ll also notice subtle differences, such as Elphelt’s new design, which is based on the plot progression. All the features of GGXrd are intact, but enhanced for visual fidelity, new animations such as a bright flashing KO screen after a super move, and more stylistic changes. Revelator released last year for Japanese arcades, and is presumed to come to PS4 and PS3 sometime this year.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction (PS4, Xbox One, PS3)
The 4th official entry in the BlazBlue fighting game franchise, taking notes from its predecessor ‘Chronophantasma’ to frame its core mechanics. These mechanics include ‘Overdrive’ and ‘Crush Trigger’, which carry over into BBCF, and new systems are also waiting to be mastered. Being the second BB game on current gen, the visuals are phenomenal, retaining the stellar 2D sprite art for characters, and detailed 3D backgrounds. Characters Naoto and Hibiki join the cast, and long awaited fan request character Nine also enters the fray. Recent news suggests that we’ll see this game on PS4, Xbox One and PS3.
What fighting game are you most looking forward to this year? If you’re a PC owner and you’re into anime fighters, BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend and Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late are both coming to PC, following Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- last year.